Entries in Edith Bouvier (5)
A montage of more than 70 people who have died in violence in Bahrain since the start of mass protests in February 2011
In a phone call with Abu Haneen from the heart of Baba Amr, he informed us of the following:
Baba Amr has faced multiple attempts of being stormed by the Syrian National Army. Activists worked hard to save the neighborhood and protect the civilians. In the meanwhile, Baba Amr was still being shelled. Clashes continued until the evening. The Free Syrian Army succeeded in affecting loss in the Syrian National Army, both people & supplies. Some of the leaders of the Farooq Division left the site of the clashes to securely transport women and children to safer regions. Activists are still defending the neighborhood against the army that was essentially defeated at its attempts. The activists have seized control of Baba Amr and the Assad army is positioned at the outskirts of the region.
While we can't verify the specific details of the report, there are two key points that continue to be repeated by all the trusted sources EA has made contact with - the FSA has been clashing with Assad soldiers, especially in the northeast of Baba Amr, and the troops have not fully occupied the neighborhood...
Yet. The third detail that is in nearly every report - Assad's military is capable of taking Baba Amr. It is possible that they are holding out to lessen the media attention, or because they want to avoid heavy losses, but the entire city is surrounded by extremely large amounts of pro-Assad military forces, and tonight they are closer to Baba Arm than they have been since the siege started.
Claimed footage of the insurgent Free Syrian Army protecting the Khalidiya neighbourhood in Homs
See also Saudi Arabia Feature: A Growing Rebellion? br>
Yemen Feature: The Houthi Movement and the Revolution br>
Syria Audio: Scott Lucas with the BBC on Political and Military Situation br>
Monday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: A Referendum Amidst the Deaths
2118 GMT:The Egyptians judges presiding over the trial of 43 people, including 16 American citizens, whose NGOs are charged with manipulating the political and electoral process have refused to hear the case. The trial started on Sunday, but now that the judges has recused themselves, the appeals court will likely pick new judges, potentially delaying the trial further.
This may give room for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to negotiate the release of the Americans.
Shelling of the Baba Amr section of Homs in Syria this morning
See also Syria Feature: Asking Again, "Will Aleppo Rise?" br>
Bahrain Feature: The Long Tentacles of the Regime's PR Octopus br>
Sudan 1st-Hand: Protests and Raids at the University of Khartoum br>
Thursday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: The Deaths of The Journalists
Two massacres were committed while the Friends' of Syria Conference being held The Syrian regime committed two new massacres today in Homs and Hama; where the number of martyrs in Hama reached 30 in two separate massacres and the number of martyrs in the Khaldieh massacre in Homs reached 33. The number of martyrs in Syria today is 97 so far in different cities. The Local Coordination Committees regrets the world's inability to stop the regime's brutal violence, which is increases steadily and kills more innocent Syrian victims every day
The award-winning photograph from Libya by Remi Ochlik, who died on Wednesday in Syria
See also Journalism Feature: Marie Colvin Remembered --- "To Report These Horrors of War With Accuracy and Without Prejudice" br>
Syria Video Feature: Life and Death in Homs br>
Wednesday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: The Death of A Journalist
2140 GMT: In Palmyra in Syria, a cameraman films a man firing a rocket-propelled grenade, which strikes far too close for comfort:
2120 GMT: Back from a break to find the report of the Local Coordination Councils of Syria that 101 people, including 14 children, died across the country today --- 47 in Idlib Province, 26 martyrs in Hama, nine in Deir Ez Zor, seven in Daraa, five in Quneitra, four in Homs, two in Raqqa, two in the Damascus suburbs, and one in Aleppo.